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DOT – funding availability for national infrastructure investments;
USACE – feasibility of deepening Charleston Harbor;
FMC – meeting;
USGS – acidification research in Arctic Ocean;
Alaska – ETS test successful;
EU NAVFOR – ISO pirate cultural advisor;
India – anti-piracy measures; and
UK – inquiry into Dover Harbour dues.
August 12, 2011
Bryant’s Maritime Blog
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DOT – funding availability for national infrastructure investments
The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice announcing the availability of funding for National Infrastructure Investments or TIGER Discretionary Grants. Pre-applications by be received by October 3 and final applications must be received by October 31. 76 Fed. Reg. 50289 (August 12, 2011).
USACE – feasibility of deepening Charleston Harbor
The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice stating that it intends to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Study. 76 Fed. Reg. 50187 (August 12, 2011).
FMC – meeting
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that it will meet in Washington, DC on August 17. In the open session, it will discuss the proposed rule on passenger vessel financial responsibility requirements. In the closed session, it will consider possible special reporting requirements for the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement and the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement; the PierPass Traffic Mitigation Fee; index-based service contract filings and regulatory issues; and the reconstruction proceedings and Chapter 15 bankruptcy petition of The Containership Company. 76 Fed. Reg. 50216 (August 12, 2011).
USGS – acidification research in Arctic Ocean
The US Geological Survey issued a news release stating that, for the second straight year, it is embarking researchers on the USCG icebreaker Healy to gather data on acidification of the Arctic Ocean. The research is taking place during the 2011 US-Canada Extended Continental Shelf Survey. (8/10/11).
Alaska – ETS test successful
The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it, the Alaska National Guard, and Foss Maritime successfully tested the Emergency Towing System (ETS) in the Chukchi Sea off the Red Dog Mine Portsite. (8/11/11)
EU NAVFOR – ISO pirate cultural advisor
The EU NAVFOR issued a press release stating that it is in search of a pirate cultural advisor. The role of this individual would be to provide the Operation Commander (OpCdr) and OHQ staff with pirate cultural and religious advice and in particular to advise on pirate trends and weaknesses, including their perceived role in Somalia. Applications should be received by 24 August. (8/11/11).
India – anti-piracy measures
The Indian Ministry of Shipping issued a press release stating that, in response to the number of ships with Indian crews hijacked by Somali pirates, the Indian Government has initiated various preventive and mitigating security measures, including establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Group of Officers (IMGO) to deal with hostage situations involving Indian crew; issuance of a notice detailing elaborate anti-piracy measures; expanded naval escorts; and enhanced vigil in the Indian EEZ. (8/11/11).
UK – inquiry into Dover harbour dues
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) issued a notice stating that a public inquiry will be held into the 2010 and 2011 harbour dues set by the Dover Harbour Board. The dues were assessed with regard to ships, passengers, and goods. The inquiry will begin in Dover on n 13 September. (8/11/11).
If you have questions regarding the above items, please contact the editor:
Dennis L. Bryant
Bryant’s Maritime Consulting
4845 SW 91st Way
Gainesville, FL 32608-8135
© Dennis L. Bryant – August 2011